When the instructions say you can just push it in around all the other stuff, don’t trust the instructions.
This is the storage tray from a 2005 or 2006 Cooper hardtop. It drops right in to my 2004 Cooper and would give me a nice place to put my phone.
It replaces the panel at the back there and fits up against the cupholders. The instructions for retrofitting (from the store selling it, the part just came in a Mini bag) this part (which is OEM Mini btw, not aftermarket) basically amounted to shoving it in between the pillars and wiggling it into position. Being that getting any more access is a royal pain in the arse I followed the directions.
It didn’t work. Contacted the store I bought it from and they said it takes a bit of force but it should go right in. Force just led to the thing being stuck in my dash.
Both sides are a bit chewed up too. Lesson learned, take the dash apart when doing dash mods.
I think it will still look fine once it is installed being that it is under the dash and in the shade but still, bad instructions. Luckily it is softer than all the parts around it so nothing in the car was damaged. Though I did discover the wiring behind the panel is greasy. I don’t know why it would be greasy.